Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.0 quake hits 17 km southwest of Ahuachapan, El Salvador around noon
Wed, 17 Nov 2021, 19:1919:19 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred around noon on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 1:01 pm local time near Ahuachapan, Ahuachapán, El Salvador, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
5.0 quake 17 Nov 1:01 pm (GMT -6)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate depth of 110 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Guaymango (pop. 1,500) located 10 km from the epicenter, Ahuachapan (pop. 34,100) 17 km away, Sonsonate (pop. 59,500) 24 km away, Sonzacate (pop. 15,400) 24 km away, Acajutla (pop. 22,800) 25 km away, Izalco (pop. 19,200) 28 km away, and Chalchuapa (pop. 32,300) 35 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include San Salvador (pop. 526,000) located 81 km from the epicenter, Soyapango (pop. 329,700) 86 km away, and Guatemala City (pop. 994,900) 114 km away.
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Date & time: Nov 17, 2021 1:01 pm (GMT -6) local time (17 Nov 2021 19:01 GMT)
Depth: 110.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.79°N / 89.93°W (Ahuachapan, El Salvador)
Primary data source: GFZ
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